Resources for UCA Faculty Leaders

Interested in leading a UCA Study Abroad program?

UCA offers a variety of short-term Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs, as well as, Language Immersion programs each year. Typically lasting 10 days to one month, these programs offer UCA courses taught by faculty who travel with students and teach the course(s) to students abroad.

Timeline for 2020 programs:

January Email announcing call for Study Abroad abstracts from Academic Affairs.

February 15 Abstract for proposals submitted online to the Office of Study Abroad and Paperwork on file showing approval

Faculty Leader Approval Form

late February Feedback to potential Faculty Leaders provided from International Engagement and the Study Abroad Advisory Committee.

May Meetings to discuss proposal process

June 1  Deadline for faculty bios, tentative dates, courses, location as on signed and approved on submitted abstract

June 30th 2020 paperwork due

June/July  Programs are approved and published online for 2020

Sample-Budget Study Abroad


Role of Faculty Leaders

2019 Study Abroad Faculty Handbook

Faculty interested in proposing a program are encouraged to meet with Office of Study Abroad personnel to discuss plans prior to the proposal deadline. Contact Natalie Flemming, Study Abroad and Exchange Program Manager at to schedule a meeting.

Questions to consider when designing a program:

  • Has the U.S. Department of State issued any travel alerts or warnings for the chosen destination(s)? UCA Travel Policy: UCA students may not use UCA Study abroad scholarships or other university financial aid to travel or study in locations rated at LEVEL 4 DO NOT TRAVEL on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory website.  Students traveling in areas or countries with Level 1 and Level 2 ratings should consult the website at and heed all warnings while avoiding all Level 4 areas or locations that may exist in some countries.  All travel to locations or countries with a LEVEL 3 RECONSIDER TRAVEL advisory must be pre-approved by the Office of International Engagement Associate Vice-President, Legal Counsel, the Provost and Executive Vice President, and the President of the University of Central Arkansas.
  • Will the program be based in one city/town with side excursions, or will it involve traveling within one country or to several countries?
  • Does my chosen destination(s) have special entry and/or exit requirements that students should be made aware of in advance?
  • Are safe and secure accommodations available in each location for students and faculty?
  • Is this program affordable for students? What scholarship options are available?
  • Will the students stay in a homestay, campus dormitory, hostel or hotel?
  • How will ground transportation arrangements be managed?
  • Should I work with a host institution or third party abroad for logistical arrangements? Yes, this is required.
  • Will I be able to bring my family members while leading this program? UCA Study Abroad Family Policy 18.19
  • How many courses will be offered?
  • What is the duration of the program?
  • Will there be on-campus classes and/or sessions before and/or after the study abroad component?
  • How will contact hour requirements be met for each course offered?
  • How many faculty will be traveling/teaching? Each program is limited to three faculty leaders.
  • Will the program include undergraduate and/or graduate courses?
  • To which group of students is this course geared, am I targeting a large enough group to ensure minimum enrollment numbers?
  • How will I advertise this opportunity to prospective students?
  • What is the alcohol and drug policy for study abroad programming? Alcohol and Drug Policy for UCA Study Abroad
  • What is the salary for faculty-led program leaders? Faculty-led Program Compensation
 Faculty Leader Contact Information- Approved Programs